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Bypoll results give boost to CM Modi, jolt to CM Nitish

While the ruling party or alliance in Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra won the bypolls in their respective states, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) in Bihar got a jolt, failing to wrest the lone Maharajganj Lok Sabha seat from Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). HT reports. Has Modi won in Bihar too? | Precursor to 2014 | Modi swings Guj win as Lalu pips Nitish in Bihar

india Updated: Jun 06, 2013 02:55 IST
HT Correspondents

There was one glaring difference in the results of the byelections for four Lok Sabha and six assembly seats in five states declared on Wednesday.

While the ruling party or alliance in Gujarat, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra won the bypolls in their respective states, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) in Bihar got a jolt, failing to wrest the lone Maharajganj Lok Sabha seat from Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). Not only did RJD candidate Prabhunath Singh hold on to the party’s seat, he also won by a huge margin of 1.37 lakh votes.

Jubilant Lalu was quick to attack Nitish and the ruling JD(U)-BJP coalition to declare that the people of the state were “fed up with their wrong policies” and that the result marked the “beginning of the fall of the JD(U) in Bihar”. Kumar, who was in Delhi, was not available for comment.

Among the other four states, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi registered the most impressive victory, wresting the Sabarkantha and Porbandar Lok Sabha seats and all four assembly seats from the Congress.

Describing the results an indicator of the people’s anger against the UPA, Modi said in Delhi, “The ruling alliance at the Centre should read it as an ultimatum.”

The Congress, however, sought to play down the results with spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit saying, “These are local elections. Don’t see them as results of national elections.”

“Every state has its own character. Read it in the local context,” Dikshit added.

In West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress appeared to have fended off a possible backlash against the Saradha Ponzi scandal to retain the Howrah Lok Sabha seat while the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh kept the Handia assembly seat and the

Congress held on to Yavatmal assembly constituency in Maharashtra.

(Inputs from Lucknow, Nagpur, Delhi)